How to help your child through this difficult stage
Your little one has a new tooth!
As your little one starts teething, he will start to chew on everything he can get his hands on. It’s perfectly normal. In fact, toddlers start “chewing” even before they get their “baby teeth”.
You’ll find that your child starts to drool more and there’s saliva everywhere, when he starts teething. His gums may also be slightly tender and swollen. To relieve this teething pain and irritation, your child will naturally try to chew on things. It will be helpful to have as many teething rings within easy reach.
These days, there are teethers in all shapes, textures and colours that appeal to your little one. There are even some that contain sanitized water and can be chilled in the refrigerator. This provides cool, soothing relief to sore gums. However, be sure you do not freeze your child’s teething ring as it will be too hard for your little one’s sore gums.
To help ease the teething pains in the weeks before a tooth appears, here are some things you can do.
- Get a teether for your child. The pressure from chewing on the teether will ease the pain on the gums.
- Dab a little bit of teething gel on his gums and gently massage in the gel to numb and ease the pain.
- Chill his food, don’t warm it. Sometimes children like cold foods when they are teething as the taste and feel of it soothes the pain.
- Gently massage the gums with a finger brush. This is specially made for teething children and fits on your finger. The massage soothes the gum while letting you easily apply gum cleanser.
Your child’s first teeth
Your child will acquire 20 milk teeth between the ages of 5 months and 3 years. The first teeth usually appear at the age of 6 months. This is an important milestone for the whole family, but also a painful period for your child. Your child is likely to be very irritable when teething. Your child will dribble a great deal, bite his fists and his gums will swell up. Often, tears, lack of appetite and a red bum will signal the arrival of first teeth. For fortunate parents, teething can be a discreet event and not cause the child any pain. But whatever happens, seeing your child with his first tooth will be an emotional moment for Mum and Dad!
Teething step by step
There are children who conform – and then there are the rest.
So don’t panic – the ages shown vary from one child to another.
Soothing your child
The arrival of a child’s first teeth is often a real challenge for parents. Watching their child suffer, Mum and Dad are bound to panic and even cradling their child will not seem to ease the discomfort. In fact, there is no real solution to make teething less painful. But the following tips will help calm your child and give you the feeling you are doing something to see your child through this difficult stage.
A special rattle and refrigerated teething ring are essential for your child to chew on and soothe the pain without harming his gums. As sucking can produce a calming effect, his thumb can also bring comfort.